Featured Blog Posts – October 2016 Archive (25)

Seven Days of Fulfillment

As the crisp air blows down the rocky hills and shadows creep on across Western walls of leaning stones, the great Celtic Pilgrimage finds itself in the home stretch.

The Westies of the Wild Irish West Tours came to Ireland visitors -- some returning,…

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Added by Nicole Samantha Fishkind on October 31, 2016 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments


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'To Sligo and Beyond . . . ': An Exhibition of Paintings by Fergus Lyons

Lough Gowra Reflection 61 cm. x 91 cm.  Oil on Canvas 

Fergus Lyons: Artist

"To Sligo and Beyond . . ."…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on October 31, 2016 at 11:00am — 1 Comment


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Those Who Would Sculpt Civil War General Philip Sheridan

Integrity Protecting the Works of Man (by Ward) on the pediment of the New York Stock Exchange Building, Integrity, in the center, wears the winged cap of Mercury, the god of commerce. The figures on her left represent mining and…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on October 30, 2016 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Six Steps Is Just 3-1-2-3 ...

The oratory of St. Colman echoes with hundreds upon hundreds of years worth of worshipful memory.

In a secluded glade of ancient trees nestled against the breast of the Burren, a landscape so surreal and old it seems the surface of a planet in a galaxy…

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Added by Nicole Samantha Fishkind on October 30, 2016 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

It's a Celtic Feast

Like their economy, which was based on planting, growing and harvesting, the Celtic calendar was centered around the Sun and agriculture and determined by a lunar calendar. The four major feasts were…

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Added by Mike McCormack on October 30, 2016 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

A Fifth of the Soil

To fully experience the Celtic spirit, one must embrace not only the essence of a pilgrim, but also the land the pilgrim walks upon.

Places such as Galway's Brigit's Garden are sacred keepers of beloved earthly traditions. A calendar year in the form of…

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Added by Nicole Samantha Fishkind on October 29, 2016 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

'The Journey: A Nomad Reflects'

Delighted and Honored to have my second book recognized.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 29, 2016 at 3:30pm — 10 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 30 - November 5

DOMNAIGH -- On Oct. 30, 1892, Eoin O'Duffy, revolutionary and organizer of the infamous…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 29, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Four Elements, Three Souls, Two Seasons, One Self

All Souls Night. A time of bonfires bursting to life beneath a cloudy sky. The grass wet from late Autumn mists that tumble haphazardly down the mountainsides as if driven by reckless celestial abandon. The soft moan of wind as it rushes through the caverns and…

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Added by Nicole Samantha Fishkind on October 28, 2016 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

The Passion of Bill Ochs

Bill Ochs died on October 5th after a long battle with a cancer he had largely kept to himself, hoping to tell everyone after he had defeated it.

He was a man whose life was music and the music he most loved -- and he loved many kinds of music -- was traditional Irish music.

He was an excellent player, first tin whistle player and ultimately an uilleann…

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Added by James F. Olwell on October 28, 2016 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Samhain: The Celtic New Year

In the early evening they would gather in the grove, beneath the sheltering embrace of the sacred white oak tree. The Master had carefully dowsed the area, and had chosen it for the serene beauty and…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 27, 2016 at 8:30pm — 8 Comments

Celebrate Samhain

The ancient Celtic harvest feast called Samhain (pronounced SAH-win) is celebrated October 31-November 1, marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, the “darker half” of the year. It was suggested in the late 19th…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 25, 2016 at 4:00am — No Comments

The Wake That Woke the Dead

I’ve heard of life imitating art, but the only time I ever saw death imitating it was at Samuel John MacPherson’s wake…

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Added by Colm Herron on October 24, 2016 at 8:00am — 9 Comments


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Totally Irish Gifts 4th Anniversary -- Free Shipping Offer

Wow, Totally Irish Gifts is four-years-old -- how time flies when you are having fun!

Our anniversary gift to you is world-wide free shipping

Receive free shipping on orders placed up…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on October 22, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments


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Viking Women in Ireland

What can the artifacts found buried with Viking women in Ireland tell us about their lives? Maeve Sikora, assistant keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, focuses on everyday objects excavated at burial sites and what they tell us about the…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on October 17, 2016 at 8:00pm — 8 Comments

Baking Season Elicits a Hearty Bravo!

There’s something about mid-October that I love — the weather, the thought that Halloween (and Thanksgiving) is right around the corner, and baking breads like this “brack,” a fruity loaf from the Quay House, in Clifden, County Galway. Dating from…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 17, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment


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Facebook Competition (Best Picture of a Cillin)

Our thanks to Colm of http://irisharchaeology.ie for his donation (the first) of a prize for our ongoing "Best Photo of a Cillin" competition -- cillin…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on October 16, 2016 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 16-24

LUAIN -- On Oct. 17, 1803, nationalist politician and Young Irelander William Smith O'Brien was born in Dromoland, County Clare. O'Brien was…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 15, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Oliver Plunkett, Tomás Ó Fiaich and The Bard of Armagh

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On January 18 1674, Bishop Oliver Plunkett and his close friend John Brennan, Bishop of Cashel, were forced to flee the town of Drogheda and run for their lives. Wearing long, hooded cloaks and veils, and with a price on their heads and the dreaded Priest Hunters snarling at their heels, they crossed the Boyne valley and fled north toward the sanctuary of South Armagh. In a gale driven, blinding snowstorm…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 14, 2016 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments


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'In Harm’s Way': America’s Greatest Submarine Commander

Richard Hetherington O'Kane (below-right, in his Annapolis graduation photo) was born on February 2, 1911 in Dover, New Hampshire, a town near the Atlantic coast with a population of about 13,000 at the time. His father, Dr. Walter Collins O'Kane, was a…

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Added by Joe Gannon on October 11, 2016 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

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